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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Jonathan Griffiths, Recreational Angler
  2. Gaithersburg, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on May 1, 2013 | Permalink

Why Does This Trout Have a Lesion

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I'm seeing a large percentage of the stocked trout I've caught this year have some sort of lesion on them. What is it, why do they have it and are they still safe to eat? This 11" rainbow was caught in Great Seneca Creek this week. I have only seen this on stocked trout the last couple of years and never this common. Of the 7 or 8 fish I caught, probably half of them had a similar scar.

DNR Response: We seem to have more of these fish this year than in previous ones. The lesions are not uncommon in hatchery reared fish, they can occur from a variety of reasons ranging from broom nicks, being stepped on, overcrowding, and birds. When the fish receive an abrasion the area can sometimes become infected. The fish are raised in an unnatural environment and sometimes crowded conditions.

The fish were tested a few years ago when some of the fish had these lesions and they were deemed safe for consumption. If for some reason the infected area gets into the meat DNR recommends cutting around the infected area.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Jim Smith, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 30, 2013 | Permalink

Large Rainbow at Owens

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

I caught this fish on Saturday, April 27, 1013 in Owens Creek. It was 30 inches and 9.5 lbs. It's a beauty!!

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Total Reports: 45
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Posted on April 30, 2013 | Permalink

Successful Day Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Friends Creek

The second opening day of Maryland trout season is a success. I headed up to my usual place - Friends Creek to try to get my limit. At first fishing was slow but once I got the hang of it I caught a nice rainbow on a bead head pheasant tail nymph, then 3 more fishing various pools. I tried other nymphs, San Juan worms and streamers but caught nothing on those flies. Finally I decided to try the pool near my car and caught a pretty Golden Trout filling my limit. This year there are a lot of these Golden Trout with most pools holding at least 2-3. They seem to harder to catch but worth the effort. Tight lines all.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout

  1. Michael Houck, Recreational Angler
  2. North Potomac, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 29, 2013 | Permalink

Fishing After Work

Type: Freshwater

I did some fishing after work today. Caught some smallies and what I'm assuming might be a young brook trout.

DNR Response: We believe you caught a wild Rainbow Trout

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Jason Michalski, Recreational Angler
  2. North East, MD
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on April 29, 2013 | Permalink

Big Elk Creek, Big Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Eastern
Location: Big Elk Creek

I fished the Big Elk Creek on Saturday and caught some nice fish with 4 on the stringer. I needed one more and I got this guy hooked on after a 15 min fight and 2 trips up and down the creek here he is. A 25.5 inch, 7 pounds citation Rainbow Trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Jason Keesee, Recreational Angler
  2. Emmitsburg
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 25, 2013 | Permalink

Large Rainbow Lake Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Rainbow Lake

I caught this 25.25 Rainbow Trout at Rainbow Lake on 4/20.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

  1. Matthew Leonard, Recreational Angler
  2. Bel Air, MD
  3. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 24, 2013 | Permalink

Deer Creek and Loch Raven Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Deer Creek / Loch Raven

I went fishing with my buddy starting at Deer Creek at 0700. Caught about 7 nice rainbows on spinner baits before we called it quits and drove over to Loch Raven. The recent rain has definitely decreased the visibility. Found a few good sized bass held up on beds and managed to get 2 to bite. Also caught this 18 inch Chain Pickerel on a watermelon shad. All fish were released healthy and unharmed.

Tags: Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

  1. Rachel Weston, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 5
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Posted on April 23, 2013 | Permalink

Weekend of Freshwater Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder, Prettyboy and Liberty

We went fishing last weekend in the Gunpowder area, Prettyboy and at Liberty Reservoir. We caught some Smallmouths and Trout. The Libery Smallmouth was 3.7 lbs.

Tags: Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 21
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Posted on April 22, 2013 | Permalink

Piney Run Success

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Piney Run


I was anxious to fish Piney Run on April 20th for its re-opening. The water there was high and a little muddy from the recent rains. The fresh stock of 10-12 inch Trout readily took both lures and bait. I had several hits and misses, but I landed five Trout, only one of which I kept. It was a great hour and a half of action which included a Smallmouth Bass, a Chub and a Pumpkinseed. The only disappointment was one larger Trout that spit the lure before I had him in hand.

On Sunday, the 21st, I wanted to see if the bite at Piney Run was still hot, but I couldn't get away until about 6 p.m. What a difference a day makes! The water was now low and clear; not a single fish in sight as I prodded the entire shoreline with my polarized sunglasses. I made a few half-hearted casts, but I figured the weekend anglers had just about harvested them all. That is until I felt a solid tug from a hole that was just far enough out of view. There, once again fighting on the end of my line, was that same lunker I had missed yesterday, the last Trout in the stream, a 15-inch beautiful Rainbow that waited for me!

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Chub, Pumpkinseed

  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on April 18, 2013 | Permalink

Brook Trout in the Mountains

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Washington County Stream

First time fishing this stream, and I swear some sections looked exactly like the upper Rapidan in Shenandoah country. Not many stones were coming off like previous days in the Catoctin mountains, but I was able to draw a bunch of strikes on a Humpy, and even landed one or two. After, fishing my way upstream, the stream got narrower, and more and more plunge pools started showing up. I broke out the woolly bugger, and started stripping for some better sized trout. As I was reeling up to move on to the next hole, I lift my rod, and there is a solid 10" brookie. Measured. I have caught brookies longer then this guy, but none as fat. I called it a day, and decided to scout a few tribs, that might be worth a trip.

Tags: Brook Trout

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